October 16, 2020
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 hit the United States in March, businesses of all kinds have not been the same when it comes to safety and cleanliness protocols. Libraries are no exception; in fact, they have endured even greater need for adaptation considering their goods and services are returned to them.
Warren Trumbull County Public Library in Warren, Ohio were the first to propose to us the idea to install plexiglass shields at their checkout stations when dreaming up the concept for their bookmobile through Summit Bodyworks. Jennifer, our Bookmobile sales specialist, went directly to our engineering department to see how we could make this a reality. The team custom cut each piece to fit perfectly to the bookmobile’s return stations, and even designed the shields in a way which could be removed in the future. Leah from the Warren Trumbull library said, “the plexiglass shields have allowed us to venture out in a COVID mindful way. We allow 1 person or up to 3 members of the same household on board at one time. All staff and patrons over 10 wear masks. When we are in the cab both driver and passenger wear masks and face shields.” Although this may seem like a lot of extra effort, Leah reports that they have received very positive feedback from their patrons. Thanks to their idea, other customers of ours have requested the same, and plexiglass shields have also joined the options for tool truck builds.
High Plains Library District in Greeley, Colorado has also schemed up clever ways to keep avid readers happy amidst an uncertain time. The library team has built a substantial fleet of outreach vehicles including a pop-up truck, two lobby stop vans, and a Winnebago bookmobile through Summit Bodyworks. Their vans visit preschools and assisted living facilities to drop off resources while the pop up and Winnebago bookmobile makes visits to communities who may be lacking a library. They have modified the rules for the bookmobile including only allow one patron or one family unit onto the Winnebago at a time and all patrons must wear masks. As for folks who aren’t as comfortable visiting they have worked diligently to create a variety of online resources from storytimes for kids to courses of all kinds for teens and adults.
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